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Streaming Guide: Movies, shows to watch on May 2

Here are the shows and films you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, ZEE5, Apple TV+ and Voot among more.

Written by Arushi Jain , Kshitij Rawat , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi |
Updated: May 3, 2020 6:49:18 pm
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With the beginning of a new month, the streaming platforms have updated their content library with new movies, web series and shows. While Netflix has added films like Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, Catch Me If You Can and Tamil film Psycho, Amazon Prime Video is now showing Taapsee Pannu’s Thappad and Tom Hanks A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

Recently, Netflix released yet another Indian original, titled Mrs Serial Killer. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta, in the review of the movie, wrote, “Nothing, not Jacqueline Fernandez in her perfectly coiffed curls, nor Mohit Raina trying very hard to appear as if he knows what’s going on, nor the sundry others who come and go, help. Nor, I’m forced to regretfully report, Manoj Bajpayee, who should have known better.”

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Now, since you might have plenty of time in hand to consume the variety of content due to the extended nationwide lockdown, we try to save you some time of scrolling through the content library of several streaming platforms. Hence, here are our best picks which you can watch or re-watch in the upcoming days of the lockdown.

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22:35 (IST)02 May 2020
Little Women: YouTube, Amazon Prime

A somewhat revised adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, this is the tale of four sisters and how they perceive life. The film was honoured with multiple Oscar nominations and featured Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Saorise Ronan and Florence Pugh among more. Click here to know more about the Greta Gerwig directorial.

22:08 (IST)02 May 2020
The Hitman's Bodyguard: MX Player

Directed by Patrick Hughes, this movie features Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek. What happens when one man is called upon to save his mortal enemy? Mayhem and hilarity ensues.

21:46 (IST)02 May 2020
Beauty and the Beast: Hotstar

In this live-action version of the children's fable, Emma Watson stars as the bookworm 'beauty.' The film had received mixed reviews upon its release. However, it is a perfectly enjoyable weekend watch.

21:25 (IST)02 May 2020
Nanette: Netflix

This is not your regular stand-up. In her hour-long set called Nanette, Australian comic Hannah Gadsby talks about her life as a queer woman, sexuality and her identity in the stand-up circuit. She forces us to think about things differently.

20:57 (IST)02 May 2020
Angrezi Medium: Disney+ Hotstar

Watch Irrfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal in Angrezi Medium on Disney+ Hotstar. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Kiku Sharda among others.

20:44 (IST)02 May 2020
War of the Worlds: Amazon Prime Video

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds sees an invasion by the Martians. Tom Cruise stars as a longshoreman who witnesses the invasion directly. Scores of people are disintegrated by the Martian war machines called Tripods that emerge from beneath the earth. War of the Worlds is a non-stop thriller that never lets up.

20:38 (IST)02 May 2020
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It takes some courage to question religious beliefs in India. But Rajkumar Hirani did it and how. With Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, Hirani presented a satirical take on the prevalent superstitions in Indian society.

20:01 (IST)02 May 2020
Barry: Disney+ Hotstar

Bill Hader's titular character is an ex-United States Marine who now works as a ruthless hitman in the Midwest, but he does not like his job. He goes to Los Angeles on an 'assignment' and ends up in a community of people looking to making an entry into Los Angeles's theatre scene.

19:38 (IST)02 May 2020
Elementary: Amazon Prime Video

Elementary is a contemporary retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The show follows Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, as he assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes, where he is joined by Dr Watson.

19:10 (IST)02 May 2020
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix

This show is based on the children book series of the same name and follows two young siblings as they try to protect themselves and their fortune from the devilish Count Olaf (played with a menacing glee by the inimitable Neil Patrick Harris). The series is the right mix of horror and comedy and you scarcely mind the improbability of the events unfolding before you, since it is incredibly entertaining.

18:48 (IST)02 May 2020
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Amazon Prime Video

Part of the MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters pits Godzilla against King Ghidorah, the three headed dragon, in a titanic brawl. Oh, and there is some other stuff too. This is a gorgeous monster movie that is slightly marred by a weak story and human characters.

18:19 (IST)02 May 2020
The Shape of Water: Disney+ Hotstar

Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning feature The Shape of Water twists the traditional beauty-and-the-beast story and in the process tells a story that is gorgeous both visually and musically.

18:03 (IST)02 May 2020
Bates Motel: Amazon Prime Video

A prequel of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Bates Motel tells the story of Normal Bates from when he was a kid. The acting is superb, both by Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma Bates. There is uneasy, almost incestuous tension between the duo and that is the biggest strength of this show. Sometimes scary and sometimes creepy, Bates Motel is a worthy prequel.

17:34 (IST)02 May 2020
Survive: Quibi

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark of Game of Thrones) stars as a mentally-ill and suicidal woman in this series which turns from a mental health drama to a survival drama in a bizarre twist.

16:55 (IST)02 May 2020
Bad Education: Disney+ Hotstar

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney play the roles of school superintendent Dr Frank A Tassone and district official Pamela Gluckin, respectively. The two are accused of embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from district funds. Their job is to bury the accusation and keep it from going public.

16:21 (IST)02 May 2020
Thappad: Amazon Prime Video

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave Taapsee Pannu starrer Thappad 3.5 stars. She wrote, "Thappad resonates, as it is meant to. Because the director shows, without mincing any words (sometimes too many, and too explicatory), just how patriarchy is handed down from one generation to another, and how women are equally complicit. After that fateful slap, in full view of family and guests, Amrita responds by self-soothing, and when that doesn’t work, by expecting her own family, including her mother (Shah) and her brother and his girl-friend (Grewal), plus, of course, her father, to be supportive. No surprise that it is her mother who baulks, and talks about the importance of ‘rishtey nibhana’, and ‘wohi tumhara ghar hai’. After marriage, the ‘maayka’ is no longer the girl’s by right. It is a place where she can visit and stay for a while. A traditional Indian girl in a traditional Indian marriage can never go back home again." Read more.

15:57 (IST)02 May 2020
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: Netflix

While Mission: Impossible 2 is the weakest film in Mission: Impossible series, Ghost Protocol features the best and most famous action scene in any Mission: Impossible movie. In a franchise that is famous for death-defying stunts, Tom Cruise scaling the tallest skyscraper in the world is a sight to behold. 

15:35 (IST)02 May 2020
Lust Stories: Netflix

Four prominent filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee explored the theme of lust in Netflix’s anthology film Lust Stories. Karan Johar’s segment ends the anthology and serves a distinctive take on how Indian men remain oblivious to women’s desires. It stars Neha Dhupia, Kiara Advani and Vicky Kaushal.

15:14 (IST)02 May 2020
Hundred: Disney Plus Hotstar

Hundred is about two women, Netra Patil (Rinku Rajguru) and Saumya Shukla (Lara Dutta). Netra, who works in the census department, is given the tragic news that she has a brain tumour. She has 100 days left. Saumya, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, is struggling to prove there is more to her than just being a woman. One day, their paths cross and thus begins the story of Hundred, a web series on Disney + Hotstar. Read more

14:54 (IST)02 May 2020
Never Have I Ever: Netflix

Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, Never Have I Ever is a high school drama that follows the life of Devi Vishwakumar. The Indian Express' review of Never Have I Ever read, "What sets Never Have I Ever apart is the self-absorbed protagonist. Vishwakumar is sooo wrapped in her quest for the coolest jock in school, that she at times struggles to find any empathy from the audience. But that’s what teenage high school girl drama is supposed to be like. It helps that Vishwakumar, played by debutante Maitreyi Ramakrishnan looks the part to the T, right up to her unthreaded forehead. She is completely believable as she has loud arguments with her doctor mother Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), who is now struggling to raise a teenaged daughter all by herself. There is also an overachieving cousin Kamala to contend with. Throw in grief and mourning in the equation, and you would ideally have a complex, layered look of the life of an average teenager." Read More.

This week, Amazon Prime Video also released its American web series Upload. The Indian Express' Ektaa Malik, in her review of the series, wrote, "Patience is the key with Upload. The first two episodes are where you have to stay put and plough through, but once you get over the nerd lingo, you get the minute satire that’s inbuilt in every scene — very Greg Daniels, who created the show."

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.